The Hyattsville Recreation Department needs volunteers to staff water stations and help with after-race activities at the 5K Fun Run and 2-Mile Inspiration Walk on Nov. 20 to benefit the Prince George's County Special Olympics. All volunteers will receive a T-shirt and lunch. The event will be 9 a.m. Call Joanne Mood at 301-985-5021.

The Prince George's NAACP seeks volunteers for its voter registration and education program. A meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 29 at the organization's headquarters, 9201 Basil Ct., Largo. Call Brendon Laster or Mel McCottry at 301-883-4941 or e-mail

Independence Now seeks volunteers to serve as mentors for disabled people making the transition from a nursing home to community living. Call Andrea M. Umbach at 301-277-2839 or e-mail

The Metropolitan Washington Ear, a radio reading service for the blind and visually impaired, needs volunteers, especially on weekends, to read local and national newspapers, magazines and other publications on its closed-circuit radio broadcast and dial-in telephone service. A brief audition is required; the time commitment is a minimum of two hours once a week or two hours every other weekend. Call 301-681-6636 or go to

The Prince George's Volunteer Center has two full-time AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer positions in its Hyattsville office. The openings are for a volunteer center development coordinator and an emergency preparedness coordinator. A stipend and health care benefits are provided. An educational award of $4,700 is also provided. Call Nancie Park at 301-699-2800.

The Maryland Crime Victims' Resource Center needs volunteers to call victims, witnesses and survivors to let them know about available services and referrals. Volunteers also might perform office and administrative duties. Send a resume by mail to 14750 Main St., Suite 1-B, Upper Marlboro, Md. 20772; by fax to 301-952-2319; or by e-mail to

The American Red Cross, Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region, needs volunteers 14 and older to greet donors and serve refreshments at blood drives and donor centers. Training is provided. The time commitment is four to six hours, two days a month. Call 800-272-0094, Ext. 1.

The Heart of America Foundation seeks volunteers during weekday business hours to sort and help distribute donated books to elementary school children in the metro area for its Books From the Heart program. A volunteer driver with a sport-utility vehicle or a covered truck is needed for pickups and deliveries one day a week. Reimbursement is available for mileage and gas. Call Colleen Noland at 202-347-6278 or e-mail

Meals on Wheels of College Park needs volunteer drivers, visitors, kitchen assistants and substitutes to help prepare and deliver meals to elderly and disabled residents of Adelphi, Riverdale, College Park, Beltsville and Greenbelt. The time commitment is a minimum of two hours each week, and volunteers must be 16 or older. Students can earn community service hours. Call 301-474-1002.

Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind needs volunteers to serve as readers, grocery shoppers, camp counselors and to help blind or visually impaired children at special events. Call Jocelyn Hunter at 202-454-6422 or go to

The College Park Aviation Museum needs volunteers to greet visitors and help with gift shop sales. The museum is at 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Dr., College Park. Call Jane Welsh at 301-864-6029.

-- Compiled by LISA MARTIN

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